The lowly Lions are 3 – 1? Drew Brees is leading an offensive juggernaut in San Diego? A former Tarheel point guard is now the Raiders leading reciever? The NFL is a crazy, crazy world! But from chaos comes opportunity…if you know where to look for it. And here’s a good place to start…our Week 6 waiver wire pickups. Let’s get busy!
Reuben Droughns RB Denver Broncos
Attack of the Droughns? Isn’t that some kind of spaceship movie with that Duke Skiwalker fella? Well, not this week! Droughns got the nod as the starting Broncs back this week and just crushed the poor Panthers. 193 rushing yards and a TD catch is a monster day, and who would have expected it from young Reuben? The 5th year back rushed for a total of 97 yards combined in his previous 4 years in the league! I remember this dude when he was a fullback for the Lions, and not a very good one at that. I don’t have high hopes for him in the long term, but it’s hard to argue with success. If it looks like he’ll start again this week against the Raiders, you’d be a fool not to ride the hot hand in Denver. Trying to read Shanahan from week to week is risky business, and he’ll surely pull the rug out from you and give Tatum Bell 25 carries one of these games and make Reuben an afterthought. But if you can get a few good games out of Droughns before that time, it’s a risk well worth taking. And you just can’t have enough guys on your team named after a sandwich and an unmanned plane…or can you?
Mewelde Moore RB Minnesota Vikings
MM is an upgrade from our ‘On the Radar’ picks last week, and did he ever announce his arrival! With Onterrio Smith finally dropping his drug suspension appeal, and Moe Williams still smarting from a leg injury, rookie Moore filled in more than capably, with 92 yards on the ground to go with a whopping 12 catch(!) for 90 yard recieving game. If you’re in a point-per-reception league, this sleeper probably carried you to victory if you started him. Mike Tice is almost as hard to read as Shanahan when it comes to announcing his running-back starter, but it’s hard to believe that Moore won’t get his share of carries against a weak Saints defense next week. Moe Williams still looms as one who could steal some PT from Moore, but expect Mewelde to have significant value as long as both Bennett and Onterrio are out of action.
Amos Zeroue RB Oakland Raiders
Yeah, I know you picked him up when he was a Smokin’ Hot selection last week, but in case you were on vacation and had your sister manage your team for a week…don’t miss the boat again! Zero posted a second consecutive solid week with almost 100 yards of total offense as well as 7 big catches. Ty Wheatley is expected to miss a few more weeks with a shoulder injury, and tease Justin Fargas can hurt himself opening a box of tissue paper, so snag Amos and have a pretty solid #2 back, especially in point-per-reception leagues.
Tim Rattay QB San Francisco 49ers
Here’s another guy who’s been on the list here before. Rattay led a furious comeback against the Cards this weekend and finished with a whopping 417 yards and 2 TDs. It seems like I hype a 49er or two in this column every week, but with good reason. Don’t be afraid of the no-name recieving corps and lousy overall team. Rattay is a solid backup for you squad and is a pretty solid start against a non-elite defense. He plays a tough Jets D on the road next week, then is on bye. Hope another team drops him and snatch him up…you’ll be glad you did!
Ronald Curry WR Oakland Raiders
Yeah, I know, yet another repeat selection. If you’re been reading this column all year and picking these guys up, you’re kicking butt!! Curry caught another 10 balls this week and is looking like the Raiders best reciever at this point of the season. He’s a great Dynasty keep, and is putting up some solid numbers in any league right now. Smoke the chumps in your league holding onto bigger names like Koren Robinson and Donald Driver and get better numbers right off the waiver wire with Curry!!
Artose Pinner RB Detroit Lions
Yup, another repeat selection. 80 yards total offense and a TD against a very solid Falcons defense on the road cement Pinner as the man in the Lions backfield as long as Kevin Jones is out. Act accordingly
On the Radar
Lots of guys on the radar this week. A flash in the pan or signs of things to come? Hard to tell, but see what happens with these players in the coming weeks before picking them up.
Brian Griese QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With Brad Johnson in the deepest depths of Grudens doghouse, and Simms lasting all of one quarter in his first NFL start, Griese looked pretty good in the Superdome, going 16 for 19 and throwing a TD. He has the starting experience that Simms does not, but at 1 – 4, the Bucs may mail in the season and see what Simms can do. Nevertheless, Griese makes a decent backup or fill-in starter should he keep the job. The Bucs play the Rams next Monday night, and they’re not known for having the most stingy pass D around, so he might be worth a flyer depending on your roster needs.
Marcus Robinson WR Minnesota Vikings
Marcus was a stud…in 1999. He smoked the Texas secondary like Marley does a Zig-Zag this past week…9 catches for a whopping 150 yards and 2 TDs!! He’s a huge talent, but I wonder if Robinson can be consistent and stay healthy enough to be a worthy fantasy starter. If he can, he’s a steal. I’m personally going to stand back and watch to see what he does. But if you have a dead roster spot, don’t be afraid to gamble on Robinson.
Wayne Chrebet WR New York Jets
Who even knew this guy was still alive? Well, I guess he is. Eight catches for 90 yards gets my attention. I’m not running to the waiver wire to pick him up, but maybe the Jets know something I don’t. By the way, has anyone ever seen Wayne and Markie Mark in the same room? Did Wayne put on a fat rope chain in the early 90s and bust some funky white-boy rhymes while parading around in his boxers? The world may never know…
Brock Forsey RB Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins suck, but Forsey got 13 carries this week vs. 5 for Leonard Henry. A changing of the guard here? For those of you in large leagues, I don’t have to tell you the value of a starting RB, even in a football black hole like Miami.
Brandon Lloyd WR San Francisco 49ers
Lots of preseason hype, 4 weeks of absolutely nothing…and now a respectable 5/56/1 game? Hmmmmm….
Marty Booker WR Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins can’t run, teams now triple-team Randy McMichael, Booker caught 200 passes in 2 years in Chicago…is Wannstadt doing the math? Seven catches for 123 yards against the Pats indicate that he may have. Stay tuned.
Derick Armstrong WR Houston Texans
This kid looked great in preseason and finally had a good game with 6 snag for 101 and a TD game. Maybe not startable this year, but one to watch and a good Dynasty league pickup. Carr is coming of age and having Armstrong outperforming much more highly-touted Gaffney this year bodes well for him.